On Wednesday night, the Austin Film Society hosted the local premiere of Richard Linklater’s remake of Bad News Bears. As a huge fan of the 1976 original, I was hopeful not to be disappointed. And I wasn’t. With Linklater behind the camera, Billy Bob Thornton as the coach, and the guys who wrote Bad Santa crafting the dialogue, it succeeds as those ingredients suggest it can.
A lot of the original is remade note-for-note, but there are plenty of new jokes to satisfy someone like me, who has seen the original 100 times. Much of the politically-incorrect qualities of the 1976 version still exist, and hopefully the folks who grew up on the original will take their kids when this film opens Friday…
(Following the movie, Linklater conducts a Q&A on the Paramount stage with nine of the kids from the film, eight of them decked out in their uniforms.)
(The screening’s after-party was held at Dart Bowl in Central Austin. A bowling after-party is a pretty perfect idea for a family film. Here’s Landmark Theatres CEO Bill Banowsky, enjoying a moment between frames.)
(The best bowler on our lane was Wyc Cummings. Here he is, aiming for a spare.)
(At Dart Bowl, Bad News Bears editor Sandra Adair, right, hangs out with her husband Dwight. Sandra has edited every one of Rick’s films, since Dazed and Confused. Keep an eye out for their next collaboration, A Scanner Darkly, next Spring.)
(The Bad News Bears after-after-party was held downtown, at Cuba Libre. Here’s local filmmaker Rowdy Stovall, left, and Wood Entertainment chief Tara Wood. On top of recently welcoming his first child, Rowdy just wrapped principal photography on a feature he directed called Mexican Sunrise.)